Dave Tippett’s response to all that came out about the Chicago Blackhawks isn’t good enough and highlights Hockey’s biggest issue
As you’ve likely already seen, many details about the sexual assault that was committed by the Chicago Blackhwaks video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 were released yesterday. I won’t attempt to cover the full story here but if you want to read about it before reading this article here are some pieces that more qualified people than myself have written as well as an interview with Kyle Beach who yesterday identified himself as the victim in the case.
In light of all this, many people from across the hockey world shared their thoughts on the situation and Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett, was one of them. He had this to say:
This response by Dave Tippett is absolutely unacceptable and his attempt to downplay the severity of this case because he had “personal relationships” is ridiculous. This type of behavior is emblematic of many of the issues that persist within hockey and it’s something that needs to change. For years now Hockey has had a culture that has allowed things like racism, sexism and assault to happen with little to no consequenses. Like Tippett does here, issues like this are usually ignoired rather than addressed and more often than not, victims are pushed out rather than helped. If this is the mindset that the people within the league have, things like this will continue to happen, players like Akim Aliu will continue to be blacklisted and people like Brad Aldrich will continue to be hired. The league failed Kyle Beach and they continue to fail him with responses like that of Dave Tippett.
Hockey needs to change, and that can’t happen until the people within the league begin to take accountability and take a stance against action like these. Dave Tippett’s attempt to just gloss over these events is unacceptable and as long as this is the stance that people in the league are taking, things will just stay the same. Hockey has to stop letting teams like the Blackhawks off the hook and take real action against issues that have been plaguing it for years, and that starts with getting rid of people like Tippett. Whether he’s a good coach or not, this isn’t someone I want coaching my team. It’s time for the league to take accountability. It’s time for change.